The new renderings of the Unity Park observation tower show the structure is slightly shorter than originally planned – it’s 80 feet tall as opposed to the original 120 feet tall.

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The current design height of the Unity Park observation tower is shorter than initially proposed: 80 feet tall (~7 stories) as opposed to the original 120 feet tall (~10 stories). Rendering by MKSK Landscape Architects

But according to Southernside resident Mary Duckett, no matter the height, the tower will be “a beacon” to a community that’s been in the shadows. “People will be talking about it for generations,” Duckett said.

Tower’s height change was purposeful to reduce cost (originally estimated at $10m) and improve scale

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The redesign was done in an effort to reduce the cost, originally estimated at $10 million + improve the scale of the tower to the park. Rendering by MKSK Landscape Architects

Tower will be completely funded by private donations

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The tower will be named – but it will not be available for branded naming rights. Rendering by MKSK Landscape Architects

Once opened, the tower will be free to visitors and accessible by stairs and elevator

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The Unity Park observation tower will be free to visitors, and will be accessible by stairs and an elevator. Rendering by MKSK Landscape Architects

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